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That Saturday Revisisted

Posted by Julie on April 19, 2014 in About Me, encouragement, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

 

Matthew 27 (verse from BibleGateway.com)
The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

I don’t know if it’s a writer thing or just a curious Jesus girl thing but I’d like to know about Saturday. We have details about “Good” Friday where Jesus was crucified. We know all about Resurrection Sunday.

So, what do you think Saturday was like?romans4_25b

Matthew 27:62-65 gives us a glimpse and if I close my eyes, I can picture the scene.  Those that loved Jesus are devastated and confused. Those that hated him are giving shouts of celebration and recounts of key moments. Government officials are proud, they took down the biggest threat to their government with no fight from this so called king.  Barabbas?  The real criminal? I imagine he’s overwhelmed with ideas on what to do with his new freedom.

All of them, I can guess, are spending Saturday with one eye over their shoulder.

Haunted.

Scared.

Anxious.

Sick.

I bet they all see shadows even in the peek of daytime that cause them to stop everything and look, wonder. Pilate and his officials took tentative steps all day. When Pilate brought a chalice to his lips I’m sure his hand shook. The guards around the tomb exhausted in half the time it usually takes.The mental strain of waiting on the promises will do that.

Barabbas starts dozens of plans to satisfy self but can’t complete one evil idea. He knows where he belongs and he can’t shake it. For all the open spaces and freedom he slinks in a corner, the tomb in view. He wraps his knees to his chest and rocks back and forth. The same position he had in prison.

The devil paces back and forth, anxiety quadrupling with every step and hands over his ears. His minions keep repeating what he already knows.

What about the third day?

He knows God’s word, he just twists it, but he knows. And I suspect he can’t enjoy his victory because he knows it is short lived.

Heaven is muted. A sense of grief and confusion weaves throughout the streets of gold. Something is in the works.  But what?

God hid His usual palette of color and painted a bleak gray scene for the world to interact in that Saturday. Shadows and phantom voices stalked everyone who ever heard of or knew Jesus. Anxiety and fear reigned. Guilt and accelerated exhaustion flooded thoughts, plans and celebrations.

That is what I think happened that Saturday.

How about you?  What do you imagine happened?

First published March 2013

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Character Confession: That Saturday

Posted by Julie on March 30, 2013 in Uncategorized |

That Saturday

Matthew 27 (verse from BibleGateway.com)
The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

I don’t know if it’s a writer thing or just a curious Jesus girl thing but I’d like to know about Saturday.  We have details about “Good” Friday where Jesus was crucified. We know all about Resurrection Sunday.

So, what do you think Saturday was like?romans4_25b

Matthew 27:62-65 gives us a glimpse and if I close my eyes, I can picture the scene.  Those that loved Jesus are devastated and confused. Those that hated him are giving shouts of celebration and recounts of key moments. Government officials are proud, they took down the biggest threat to their government with no fight from this so called king.  Barabbas?  The real criminal? I imagine he’s overwhelmed with ideas on what to do with his new freedom.

All of them, I can guess, are spending Saturday with one eye over their shoulder.

Haunted.

Scared.

Anxious.

Sick.

I bet they all see shadows even in the peek of daytime that cause them to stop everything and look, wonder. Pilate and his officials took tentative steps all day. When Pilate brought a chalice to his lips I’m sure his hand shook. The guards around the tomb exhausted in half the time it usually takes. The mental strain of waiting on the promises will do that.

Barabbas starts dozens of plans to satisfy self but can’t complete one evil idea. He knows where he belongs and he can’t shake it. For all the open spaces and freedom he slinks in a corner, the tomb in view. He wraps his knees to his chest and rocks back and forth. The same position he had in prison.

The devil paces back and forth, anxiety quadrupling with every step and hands over his ears. His minions keep repeating what he already knows.

What about the third day?

He knows God’s word, he just twists it, but he knows. And I suspect he can’t enjoy his victory because he knows it is short lived.

Heaven is muted. A sense of grief and confusion weaves throughout the streets of gold. Something is in the works.  But what?

th_Character-Confession-curiousGod hid His usual palette of color and painted a bleak gray scene for the world to interact in that Saturday. Shadows and phantom voices stalked everyone who ever heard of or knew Jesus. Anxiety and fear reigned. Guilt and accelerated exhaustion flooded thoughts, plans and celebrations.

That is what I think happened that Saturday.

How about you?  What do you imagine happened?

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What’s So Good About Good Friday?

Posted by Julie on April 6, 2012 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

It took me years after having a real “let’s be friends, I believe in you” relationship with Christ before I understood Good Friday. I’m sad to see most people either not understand or even care why such a day exists. Lord help us that it would always mean more than part of Spring break.

I was perplexed by the thought that Good Friday was good. What was so good about Jesus dying on the cross? After watching Passion of the Christ I was even more disturbed. He endured so many violent gruesome things for no good reason. I couldn’t get over it.

I asked Him about it in prayer and as only He can, He whispered the answer that satisfied my confused heart.

Without Good Friday there could be no Resurrection Sunday.

Good Friday is named as it is not because anyone wants to attribute violence and death with good but because without Friday, there would not be Sunday. He didn’t deserve any of it, not even a trillionth of a second’s worth. But out of love, a deep, unmeasurable love for you, me, everyone, He went there. He took it. He endured it all to death, for our good.

Because we fall short. On our best day we’re still coming up empty on our own. We can do good things for every second of the rest of our lives and it still won’t equal what Jesus did, who He is, and what He feels for you. None of those things are good, as hard as we try.

Good Friday is a reminder of the amazing Savior He longs for you to know. The nail marks are there, but He is no longer bound. To have a resurrection, you need to have a death. We never could fit the bill and Jesus knew that even in the manger. Nothing that happened to Him that Good Friday was personally good for Him. It was life saving for us. We just need to choose not only to see Good Friday that way, we need to choose to know Him on a personal level by acknowledging Him as a sinless Savior. I made that choice in 1992.

I understand Good Friday so much better now and I love how someone defined how Christians should see it: a “humble celebration.” Because for all the not so good things Jesus bore that Good Friday.

Resurrection Sunday for those that know Him is really, really great.

The video hopefully below is about 6 minutes long but I thought well done. Parents please watch this first before deciding if your child should watch. Although there is not gore per se, there are heavy themes. If the embed doesn’t work, the link is here.

If you would like to know more about knowing Christ as a friend, please click here.

Originally posted 2011
Featured image from photobucket

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That Saturday Revisited

Posted by Julie on April 23, 2011 in About Me, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

That Saturday

Matthew 27 (verse from BibleGateway.com)
The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

I don’t know if it’s a writer thing or just a curious Jesus girl thing but I’d like to know about Saturday.  We have details about “Good” Friday where Jesus was crucified. We know all about Resurrection Friday.

So, what do you think Saturday was like?

Matthew 27:62-65 gives us a glimpse and if I close my eyes, I can picture the scene.  Those that loved Jesus are devastated and confused. Those that hated him are giving shouts of celebration and recounts of key moments. Government officials are proud, they took down the biggest threat to their government with no fight from this so called king.  Barabbas?  The real criminal? I imagine he’s overwhelmed with ideas on what to do with his new freedom.

All of them, I can guess, are spending Saturday with one eye over their shoulder.

Haunted.

Scared.

Anxious.

Sick.

I bet they all see shadows even in the peek of daytime that cause them to stop everything and look, wonder. Pilate and his officials took tentative steps all day. When Pilate brought a chalice to his lips I’m sure his hand shook. The guards around the tomb exhausted in half the time it usually takes. The mental strain of waiting on the promises will do that.

Barabbas starts dozens of plans to satisfy self but can’t complete one evil idea. He knows where he belongs and he can’t shake it. For all the open spaces and freedom he slinks in a corner, the tomb in view. He wraps his knees to his chest and rocks back and forth. The same position he had in prison.

The devil paces back and forth, anxiety quadrupling with every step and hands over his ears. His minions keep repeating what he already knows.

What about the third day?

He knows God’s word, he just twists it, but he knows. And I suspect he can’t enjoy his victory because he knows it is short lived.

Heaven is muted. A sense of grief and confusion weaves throughout the streets of gold. Something is in the works.  But what?

God hid His usual palette of color and painted a bleak gray scene for the world to interact in that Saturday. Shadows and phantom voices stalked everyone who ever heard of or knew Jesus. Anxiety and fear reigned. Guilt and accelerated exhaustion flooded thoughts, plans and celebrations.

That is what I think happened that Saturday.

How about you?  What do you imagine happened?

 

revised post from earlier this month

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What’s So Good about Good Friday?

Posted by Julie on April 22, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Uncategorized |

It took me years after having a real “let’s be friends, I believe in you” relationship with Christ before I understood Good Friday. I’m sad to see most people either not understand or even care why such a day exists. Lord help us that it would always mean more than part of Spring break.

I was perplexed by the thought that Good Friday was good. What was so good about Jesus dying on the cross? After watching Passion of the Christ I was even more disturbed. He endured so many violent gruesome things for no good reason. I couldn’t get over it.

I asked Him about it in prayer and as only He can, He whispered the answer that satisfied my confused heart.

Without Good Friday there could be no Resurrection Sunday.

Good Friday is named as it is not because anyone wants to attribute violence and death with good but because without Friday, there would not be Sunday. He didn’t deserve any of it, not even a trillionth of a second’s worth. But out of love, a deep, unmeasurable love for you, me, everyone, He went there. He took it. He endured it all to death, for our good.

Because we fall short. On our best day we’re still coming up empty on our own. We can do good things for every second of the rest of our lives and it still won’t equal what Jesus did, who He is, and what He feels for you. None of those things are good, as hard as we try.

Good Friday is a reminder of the amazing Savior He longs for you to know. The nail marks are there, but He is no longer bound. To have a resurrection, you need to have a death. We never could fit the bill and Jesus knew that even in the manger. Nothing that happened to Him that Good Friday was personally good for Him. It was life saving for us. We just need to choose not only to see Good Friday that way, we need to choose to know Him on a personal level by acknowledging Him as a sinless Savior. I made that choice in 1992.

I understand Good Friday so much better now and I love how someone defined how Christians should see it: a “humble celebration.” Because for all the not so good things Jesus bore that Good Friday.

Resurrection Sunday for those that know Him is really, really great.

The video hopefully below is about 6 minutes long but I thought well done. Parents please watch this first before deciding if your child should watch. Although there is not gore per se, there are heavy themes. If the embed doesn’t work, the link is here.

If you would like to know more about knowing Christ as a friend, please click here.

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Faithful Bloggers Group Writing Project: That Saturday

Posted by Julie on March 28, 2011 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender, Writing |

This post is part of a group writing project Courtney is hosting at Faithful Bloggers. Anyone wishing to can write on a verse/topic regarding Jesus’ death, burial or resurrection and then share a link in her comment section.

That Saturday

Matthew 27 (verse from BibleGateway.com)
The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. 63 “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.”

65 “Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” 66 So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard.

I don’t know if it’s a writer thing or just a curious Jesus girl thing but I’d like to know about Saturday.  We have details about “Good” Friday where Jesus was crucified. We know all about Resurrection Friday.

So, what do you think Saturday was like?

Matthew 27:62-65 gives us a glimpse and if I close my eyes, I can picture the scene.  Those that loved Jesus are devastated and confused. Those that hated him are giving shouts of celebration and recounts of key moments. Government officials are proud, they took down the biggest threat to their government with no fight from this so called king.  Barabbas?  The real criminal? I imagine he’s overwhelmed with ideas on what to do with his new freedom.

All of them, I can guess, are spending Saturday with one eye over their shoulder.

Haunted.

Scared.

Anxious.

Sick.

I bet they all see shadows even in the peek of daytime that cause them to stop everything and look, wonder. Pilate and his officials took tentative steps all day. When Pilate brought a chalice to his lips I’m sure his hand shook. The guards around the tomb exhausted in half the time it usually takes. The mental strain of waiting on the promises will do that.

Barabbas starts dozens of plans to satisfy self but can’t complete one evil idea. He knows where he belongs and he can’t shake it. For all the open spaces and freedom he slinks in a corner, the tomb in view. He wraps his knees to his chest and rocks back and forth. The same position he had in prison.

The devil paces back and forth, anxiety quadrupling with every step and hands over his ears. His minions keep repeating what he already knows.

What about the third day?

He knows God’s word, he just twists it, but he knows. And I suspect he can’t enjoy his victory because he knows it is short lived.

Heaven is muted. A sense of grief and confusion weaves throughout the streets of gold. Something is in the works.  But what?

God hid His usual palette of color and painted a bleak gray scene for the world to interact in that Saturday. Shadows and phantom voices stalked everyone who ever heard of or knew Jesus. Anxiety and fear reigned. Guilt and accelerated exhaustion flooded thoughts, plans and celebrations.

That is what I think happened that Saturday.

How about you?  What do you imagine happened?




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